Kings-Rangers Preview

The Associated Press

In terms of results, the Los Angeles Kings haven't had much to complain about in their time on the East Coast.

They've picked up five of a possible six points in the first three games of a four-game trip, and they'll try to close it out with a third straight win Sunday night against the New York Rangers.

The Kings (13-6-1) got third-period goals from Dwight King and Anze Kopitar in Friday's 2-0 win at New Jersey to improve to 4-0-1 in their last five games.

It was their second straight win with Ben Scrivens in net. No. 1 goaltender Jonathan Quick was sidelined with a strained groin during the first game of the trip at Buffalo.

The 26-save effort was Scrivens' second shutout in four starts this season, improving him to 3-1-1 with a 1.51 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.

"He's a solid goaltender,'' Kopitar said. "We got off to a little bit of a slow start and we kept building up our game, making plays. Eventually in the third, we got one."

The win followed Thursday's 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders - a game that featured three Kings goals in the third period.

"The confidence was there after winning on the island," Scrivens said.

King has scored twice in his last three games and is second on the team with six goals in 20 games. He scored four in 47 games a season ago.

The Rangers (10-9-0) will go for the season sweep against the Kings after winning 3-1 in Los Angeles on Oct. 7.

They're also coming off a shutout win with their backup goalie after Saturday's 1-0 victory at Montreal.

Captain Ryan Callahan scored a second-period goal on the power play and rookie Cam Talbot made 22 saves to improve to 4-1-0 with his first NHL shutout.

The Rangers had gone eight games in Montreal without a win and had scored one goal in their last five games there.

"We were well aware of it," Callahan said. "We came in and had a good road game. We got a good start and carried it through, and Talbot was unbelievable."

Talbot became the first Rangers goalie to earn a shutout in Montreal since Ed Giacomin in 1967.

"It means quite a bit to me," Talbot said. "He and Mike Richter are two of the greatest Ranger goalies of all time, so to hear my name mentioned alongside his is pretty surreal, to be honest."

No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist will be back in net against the Kings. He's posted a 1.73 GAA in seven home starts this season.

The Rangers have won seven of nine after a 3-7-0 start to the season. They haven't allowed over three goals since Oct. 19 - a 12-game span - after yielding 29 in their first seven contests.

New York is likely to again be without forward Rick Nash, though it expects to have him back from a concussion later in the week.

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